Thursday, 24 July 2008

COMICS FRIENDS REUNITED!



I've just been invited to an exciting event...

"Fiona Jerome and Hass Yusuf are joining forces to bring you Comics Friends Reunited! This will hopefully be an annual event where old friends from the wonderful world of comics can meet up.

Since the UK Comic Art Convention (UKCAC) ended ten years ago, there's been no regular outlet for creators or fans in London to meet up. UKCAC was the major event of the year that brought everyone together. With the recent deaths of a few good friends we've realised how many people we haven’t seen for years and met people in sad circumstances that we’d like to see more of. So we're hoping to remedy all that by hosting an annual, all day get-together in the centre of London.

Think of it as UKCAC without the bother of going to events, where you can eat, drink and chat all day long!

Details:

Day: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th 2008

Venue: THE PHOENIX PUB, 14 PALACE STREET, VICTORIA, LONDON SW1E 5JA

Time: Noon till 11.00pm

The Phoenix is a few minutes from Victoria Station.

We've booked the upstairs function room for exclusive use all day. We'll meet there throughout the afternoon. By early evening we'll take over the whole ground floor as well. If the weather's nice, there's also use of the garden. There's also plenty of space out front to mingle and have a fag.

Food will be available all day. Full Menu from 12.00pm-4.00pm and 7.00pm-10.00pm, with a limited menu of bar snacks between 4.00pm-7.00pm. There are good veggie options and decent gastropub standards as well as tapas style bar snacks. Don't be put off by reviews you read online, as the pub was recently completely revamped, and now has a decent range of beers and a good wine list as well as a bright and comfy interior.

We know it's a hassle for non-Londoners to attend but we've chosen this venue because it is so easy to get to. Make a weekend of it, bring the family and do some Christmas shopping!

If you think you can make it, please let us know. We might prepare some name badges - so we all know who we are.

Please feel free to let anyone else you know that you think might enjoy it, who isn't on this list (please see below), just ask them to drop us a quick line to 'register' so we've got an idea of numbers. We’ve lost touch with so many people over the years and we would love to see you all there! Remember - none of us are getting any younger! Renew those friendships!

Hass & Fiona"

Sounds great! All the "old guard" of British fandom reuniting once more. I'm old enough to remember and to have attended every UKCAC and a couple of GLASCACs as well and they were always great fun. In fact BICS has a similar vibe these days. I think this could be a really fun day. People who've been invited, (but might not necessarily come) include an amazingly diverse bunch of people from UKCAC organizers, professional creators, small press stars, comics journalists and leading lights of fandom such as:

Nigel Fletcher
Martin Hand
Andrew Littlefield
Martin Skidmore
Garry Leach
John McCrea
Andy Chiu
Richard Barker
Paul Hudson
Steve Marchant
Tim Selig
Rob Rudderham
Will Morgan
Mart Gray
Roger Gibson
Tony Lee
Peter Rubinstein
Mike Lake
Guy Lawley
Ed Hillyer
Woodrow Phoenix
David Lloyd
Nick Abadzis
Matt Brooker
Pete Ashton
Theo Clarke
Stuart Green
Gavin Burrows
Tim Bateman
John Innes
Jonathan Clements
Frank Plowright
Lee Brimicombe-Wood
Jenni Scott
Damian Cugley
Jeremy Dennis
Paul Johnson
Dave Gibbons
Frank Motler
Steve Holland
Peter Normanton
Paul Schoeder
Paul Gravett
Fiona Clements
Peter Duncan
Frank Wynne
Steve White
David Roach
Win Wiacek
Mark Farmer

I'll be there, hope you will be too! For the younger generation of comic fans, come and met your forefathers and learn some history!! ;-)
"Wake up" - Rage Against the Machine

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